Representatives of CONMEBOL, the South American Confederation of Soccer, returned to negotiate with Major League Soccer club entry can Americans and Canadians in the Copa Libertadores 2015.
Contacts, which began last year, resumed last week and further meetings should take place in June during the Confederations Cup, which takes place between 15 June 30 in Brazil.
The idea is to expand and strengthen the Libertadores, either in 2015 or in 2016, including two more countries in the competition. Remember that the Mexican teams now vying for the tournament, largely because of economic interests and sale of TV rights.
The Major League Soccer, which was formed in 1996 after the World Cup in the United States, two years before, is the leading professional football league in the country and now has 19 teams participating. The Los Angeles Galaxy is the current champion.
For some time the Americans decided to increase exchanges with foreign teams, participating in official competitions against teams from Central America, entering tournaments with teams from Asia and Oceania and attracting European teams to carry out the pre-season in the country. The most ambitious step, participation in the Libertadores, depends on financial matters.
It is significant that the Conmebol has also worked to expand the Libertadores, which this year had 32 teams in the group stage, outside the disputed call that Pre-Libertadores. The tournament has six teams this year with Brazil, all classified for the quarter-final, a milestone for Brazil, which won 11 of the last 20 editions of the tournament. Champion contest the Club World Cup in December.